power up

powered up; powering up; powers up

Definition of power up

transitive verb

: to cause to operate power up the computer

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Other Words from power up

power-up \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌəp How to pronounce power-up (audio) \ noun

Examples of power up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torres and her staff power up an assembly of generators that will give them the capacity to run printers, a refrigerator to chill samples that are collected, fans to keep staff cool, and lights. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Front-line workers describe a day at the Pridgeon Stadium COVID-19 testing site in Cy-Fair," 1 Aug. 2020 Lastly, on top of the power bank is a Qi wireless charger that can power up any phone or device (like AirPods) that can be charged wirelessly. Dallas News, "Bring the power along on your next trip," 30 July 2020 The astronauts managed to power up their command module, avoiding short circuits but creating a rainfall inside as the spacecraft decelerated in the atmosphere. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 13 turns 50: The space mission that gripped the world," 12 Apr. 2020 There are some very talented players and with power up and down the lineup. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "Dick Tracewski explains why Detroit Tigers' Sparky Anderson was so successful," 22 May 2020 That's thanks to milestones like launch, orbit, powering up and down systems, and the safe landing, all of which were critical milestones. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, "Boeing Starliner capsule softly lands in New Mexico after dramatic mission," 23 Dec. 2019 Last week, its space plane conducted a glide test, in which the space plane took flight but did not power up its rocket engine, over New Mexico. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Virgin Galactic posts another loss as it inches toward space tourism flights," 5 May 2020 The dual-core, four-thread 6W Pentium Gold runs at a fixed speed of 1.7GHz, while the dual-core, four-thread Core m3 runs at 1.1GHz but powers up to 3.4GHz turbo under load. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Will Microsoft launch Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2, and Surface Dock 2 soon? Here's what we know," 21 Apr. 2020 Like a fighter jet, Cosmic Girl will release the rocket into thin air, where the rocket and payload will fall out of the way and then power up. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin's Rocket-Launching 747 Is Ready for Takeoff," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of power up

1970, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2020

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“Power up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20up. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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